Ericsson has decided to refocus its Bluetooth efforts by folding the division into the Ericsson Mobile Platforms group. The move calls for Ericsson to no longer design and develop new Bluetooth solutions, but rather support its existing customer base.
Yet another interesting example of value migrating from the hardware and chip design front to the software side, where small innovative companies like Baracoda are trying to add value to the Bluetooth standard by focusing on delivering a full software stack of value added features.
Occam Capital was created to invest on European Intellectual Property (IP). One question I frequently get is about the real value of IP (ie, let’s get real its worth nothing...) or on the political front on the morality of the whole thing (we European should be against the whole patenting process which is nothing but a tool of American imperialism...)
I got this short brief today by mail:
Microsoft Corporation4,6 (MSFT, $27.46, Outperform)
Microsoft intends to file for over 3,000 patents in F2005, up from just over 2,000 in F2004 and fewer than 1,000 in F2000. The vast increase in Microsoft’s patent portfolio will limit the grounds for future infringement lawsuits against the company, indemnify customers against third-party attacks and provide Microsoft with a significant asset base to leverage through licensing programs. Microsoft is unlikely to use its patents to attack Linux, although a recent study suggests it might have grounds to do so.
Brendan Barnicle 503.727.0624 firstname.lastname@example.org
Good illustration from my perspective on
- IP has value and large corporation are aggressively investing
- Companies like Thomson Multimedia or IBM have historical generated significant revenue stream from their patent portfolio
- As a VC, the legal due diligence on the value of the IP portfolio of a potential investee company is a crucial part of any pre-investment work
=> What we really need are publicly available IP landscape maps that describe for a given domain what has been patented by who...
Et voila, call it peer pressure or sudden satori from a dinner last Friday evening with enough wine, I had to jump too…
If a Blog is a tool to start conversations, this one will focus on dialoguing on Technology Innovation with a European angle
12 :: Kinnernet 2007 Tel Aviv - Israel
March 15 to 17 in Ohalo Manor, Kibbutz Kinneret, Jordan Valley. Followed by the Marker Conference in Tel Aviv March 18/19 and Mishkenot Shaananim Symposium in Jerusalem on March 20.
11 :: DLD 2007 DLD Conference
Munich January 21-23 2007.
DLD (Digital, Life, Design) is one of Europe's freshest conferences covering digital innovation, gaming, arts and science, bringing together thought leaders from Europe, the Middle-East, America and Asia
10 :: LE WEB 3 Paris
Dec 11/12 2006
I'll participate (with 1000 others ;-)) to was should be a great European tech gathering...
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